Volvo Penta used last week’s Bauma event in Germany to launch its new dual fuel hydrogen engine as it aims to reach net-zero value chain emissions by 2040.
The engine the integrates Volvo Penta’s D8 engine with a hydrogen system developed in partnership with CMB.TECH.
The firms believe the system can act as a low-carbon interim solution, before suitable zero-emissions alternatives become viable.
The engine uses hydrogen as a renewable fuel source to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%, without impacting power, performance or uptime, said Volvo Penta.
The company is also expanding its electric driveline offer with its new cube battery driveline. Based on ‘proven ‘Volvo Group technology, it told Bauma visitors that it offers customers increased installation flexibility as well as a 40% increase in energy density.
Volvo Penta’s existing electric driveline, which incorporates its flat-pack battery, has also been improved to deliver a 40% increase in energy density. Both these power solutions are backed by connectivity to help customers actively monitor the health of their drivelines in a predictive way throughout their lifespan.
“At Volvo Penta we believe that strong collaboration with customers and partners is crucial to succeed on our transformation journey,” says Anders Konradsson, Vice President of Industrial Sales at Volvo Penta. “We work closely with our customers and form long-term partnerships to create purpose-built power solutions based on their requirements. As part of the Volvo Group, we leverage proven technology, investments and competence from Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses and Volvo Construction Equipment. We combine this with our customer, market and application knowledge, allowing us to optimise designs and technology for specific machines and applications, considering the duty cycles, climate and environment in which they will operate.”
As part of the bauma forum, Morgan Blomgren, director Strategy & Business Development at Volvo Penta highlighted Volvo Penta’s partnership ethos and how the company builds tailored power solutions alongside its customers to meet their business, application and machine needs – no matter where they are on their transformation journey.
“Thanks to a greater global awareness of climate change and sustainability, we have seen an acceleration when it comes to transformation and new technologies over the last few years,” concluded Anders. “The transition to fossil-free power requires a range of solutions and we are working with multiple tracks and scenarios – such as combustion engines using renewable fuels, battery electric and fuel cell electric – to reach the industry’s net-zero goal.”